Monday, August 22, 2016

Native art: Cherokee bread boards

I have collected Native art for at least 20 years or more and recently starting adding more of my collection back into my decor.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Feature in Romantic Homes

I was so excited when I walked through the magazine aisle at Food Lion last week, I had my 14 year old snap a photo of me right there in the store:-)

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Friday, August 12, 2016

New kilim pillows on clearance

It's no secret I am in love with kilim pillows. I think it goes back to when I started collecting Native American art and found, on a trip to Turkey, that the geometric tribal designs there were very similar to Native designs, or at least they coordinated really well with Native art.


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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Aunt Jody's Birthday

I always want to have a ladies' luncheon or tea, but I never get around to actually hosting one. My Aunt Jody's birthday, seemed like the perfect excuse to get together with some wonderful ladies, so I planned brunch and invited some of her friends and family.

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Mikasa Italian Countryside on the porch

I love any excuse to set a pretty table, so when the folks at Mikasa agreed to send me the square Italian Countryside dinnerware, I knew it would be fabulous outside on the porch.


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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Backyard oasis

The katydids are singing at night signaling that autumn is on the way, but with the heat we are experiencing in the North Carolina mountains, fall seems very, VERY, far away. In the meantime, we are enjoying every bit of outside time we can in between rain showers. 

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Monday, July 11, 2016

Summer front porch

The only thing I enjoy more than being on the porch first thing in the morning with my cup of coffee, is a quiet breakfast with my husband overlooking the creek.  Because I had my grandmother's antique iron patio set there, we couldn't really use this porch for anything as the furniture was old and slightly rickety. 

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Monday, July 4, 2016

"Fire on the mountain..."

Happy Independence Day! I'm so thankful to live here in America, and so thankful for everyone who has sacrificed to keep this nation, and others free. 

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

2016 Summer Home Tour

I am so happy to have you all here for my summer home tour! I'm excited to be included with 29 other bloggers in a fabulous tour put together by Marty at A Stroll Thru Life. Did you see Linda's tour over at It All started with Paint? I love how she uses color and unexpected patterns so flawlessly. I love bold color as well, so come on in and we'll get started.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Eames lounge and ottoman

I love mid-century anything and have been looking at the Eames chair and ottoman for a while. I know my husband also loves that style, so I thought it would be a nice chair for him to relax in.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Mid-century light fixture for the kitchen

I finally found the perfect light fixture to put over my island. I wanted a brass mid-century swag light, and I found it on ebay -- as usual:-) These can be pricey, but I found this one and made an offer of $28, then purchased when the seller countered back at $32, which is a bargain. 

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Succulent Planter Box

I have been without a long box on the dining table since I sold my big one last year, so I decided it was time to do something similar again. 

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Franciscan Ivy on the porch

Last week I mentioned that I had set two tables for a ladies' tea but got no photos, so I recreated both as luncheon tables on the porch using each setting and shared the Noritake Chandova table. Today, I'm sharing the Franciscan Ivy paired with hot pink.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Dining alfresco with the Noritake Chandova

I set two tables last week for a ladies' tea, but because I also entertained, I did not get any photos. So...I decided to set up luncheon tables at home with both settings out on the porch.

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Azaleas and rhododendron

It's *that* time of year when the azaleas start blooming. Although, I have several varieties and colors that bloom over the course of several weeks, sometimes everything aligns and most of the azaleas and rhododendron bloom at the same time. 

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Wicker thrift store find

I stopped in at my favorite thrift store last week, and happened upon a great wicker chair.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Kitchen before and after: the huge difference paint and accessories can make

When I put together my spring home tour a couple weeks back, I found some older photos of the kitchen and couldn't believe the difference. I wanted to share so you can see what a huge difference mostly paint and cosmetic changes can make in a space.

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Monday, April 4, 2016

Isabelle's Pompano Beach house - then and now

I have shared so much about the property we live on now -- as well as the old house that my dad grew up in here, and I have also mentioned that my grandmother came here from Florida, where her father was a founder of Dade/Palm Beach County, but I have never had many photos to share. She owned several properties that I never got to see, but my mother stumbled across the real estate listing for her "yellow house" in Pompano Beach, and I could not be more excited to get a glimpse into the past. 

Her contractor/builder brother, George Porter, built the house in 1959, then Isabelle bought it as a vacation home. According to my grandfather's diary, they went down around the New Year in 1960 and enjoyed shopping and dining at the area's finest shops and restaurants-- including Miami's famous Fontainebleau. I can just imagine:-)  

This is the only photo I had, and I was very curious to see what it looks like now.

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Romantic Country Magazine feature

 After all my excitement two years ago when Anne Gridley and Gary Graves came here to photograph our house, I thought the photos were not going to be published, but I was surprised to see them in the summer edition of Romantic Country Magazine.

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Bohemian Chic Spring Home tour

Welcome to the last day of 2016's Spring Home Tours, hosted by the adorable Marty at A Stroll Thru Life!  I'm so excited to be part of the tour this year. If you are coming over from Refresh Restyle, you have already enjoyed Debra's beautifully elegant style.

I'm excited to welcome you to our home, which has taken on more of an eclectic Bohemian vibe in the last year or so.

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Coffee and beautiful cookies for the first day of Spring

I have a friend, Alicia, who is always posting photos of the most gorgeous cookies, so when she offered to let me choose some, I jumped at the chance!

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